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Wolf Park's seminars provide unique opportunities for professionals in the animal industry to advance their knowledge about animal training, welfare, and ethology from some of the top experts in the field. Our seminars are primarily lecture-based but often integrate training demonstrations and presentations from Wolf Park staff.

Dog is Love, Wolf is Wild (Virtual Seminar) with Clive Wynne, PhD

May 01, 2021


Any dog lover will tell you dogs are special creatures. But until recently, science has not determined what exactly makes dogs so unique. Clive Wynne, a pioneer in canine science, led the way to finally prove, unequivocally, the answer dog lovers have known for years: dog is love. This conclusion emerged through ground-breaking experiments comparing domestic dogs with the wolves at Wolf Park.

In this seminar, Clive Wynne will discuss the latest discoveries in canine science, ranging from ethological (behavioral) studies to modern methods including brain scans, hormonal analyses, and genetic tests. Wynne will also explore why two canid cousins, wolves and dogs, though so closely related they are no longer considered distinct species, are distinctly different across many realms. Seminar participants will gain an appreciation of how a dog’s heart (capacity for affection) rather than its smarts made it so successful in a human-dominated world. Finally, attendees will discover how a scientific approach to behavior can help humans and dogs live more successful lives together.

Topics Covered

  • The crucial behavioral differences between dogs and wolves.
  • How animals can form affectionate bonds with members of other species.
  • Dominance in animal behavior and its relevance to pet behavioral problems.
  • How learning theory and ethology can combine to help animals with behavioral difficulties.

Clive Wynne, PhD, is the director of research at Wolf Park, founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University (ASU), and author of the 2019 book Dog is Love. Prior to ASU, he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Laboratory at the University of Florida, the first lab of its kind in the United States. He has traveled from Nicaragua to Vienna to study dogs and wolves and gives frequent presentations to audiences across the world. His findings and insights appear in Psychology Today, New Scientist, New York Times, and within over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that count among the most highly cited studies on dog psychology. In addition, Wynne has been featured in several television documentaries about dog science on National Geographic Explorer, PBS, and the BBC. He currently lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and their dog, Xephos.

Continuing Education Units

This seminar has been approved for 1 CEUs for trainers and 4.5 CEUs for behavior consultants through CCPDT and 6 CEUs through IAABC.

Date and Cost

The seminar will be held May 01, 2021 from 11am – 6pm (EST). The price is $60.

A recording of this seminar will be available for 2 weeks after the seminar concludes.

Refund Policy
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]